Newborn baby that died inside maximum security women's jail was 'refused help ...

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A newborn baby has died inside one of Australia's toughest women's jails amid allegations prison staff refused to offer assistance because the child was not an inmate. 

The tragedy happened in August last year inside the Dame Phyliss Frost Centre's dedicated 'Mothers and Children Units'.

The jail houses some of the nation's deadliest women, including gangland matriarch Judy Moran and the 'Black Widow' serial killer Robyn Lindholm.  

Dame Phyliss Frost Centre can hold 604 inmates and contains a dedicated unit for mothers and their children, from babies up to to pre-schoolers

Dame Phyliss Frost Centre can hold 604 inmates and contains a dedicated unit for mothers and their children, from babies up to to pre-schoolers

Inside Dame Phyliss Frost: Inmates were out into lockdown for four days after a baby died in the dedicated Mothers and Children Units in August last year

Inside Dame Phyliss Frost: Inmates were out into lockdown for four days after a baby died in the dedicated Mothers and Children Units in August last year 

An investigation by Daily Mail Australia can reveal prison staff who worked that night have come under fire by inmates who claim guards and a qualified nurse refused to help the 14-day-old baby girl. 

Under the prison program, children up to the age of pre-school are allowed to live with mothers inside the maximum security jail. 

A Department of Justice and Community Safety spokeswoman refused to comment on a series of allegations put to it about the incident and instead directed Daily Mail Australia to its website. 

'Victoria Police was called to investigate and provide a report for the Coroner,' the spokeswoman stated.

Multiple sources have told Daily Mail Australia the tragedy occurred during the night when staffing was at a minimum. 

Prisoners in the dedicated unit were asleep when they awoke to haunting screams from the young mother. 

One inmate allegedly saw the motionless child on a couch with the hysterical mother crying for help. 

A call was made to prison staff, who did not attend the unit for up to 15 minutes, it has been alleged. 

Another young mum in the unit, who had no CPR training, desperately tried to revive the baby, but was unsuccessful. 

When guards arrived, they immediately called a 'code black' for the prison's nurse, but made no attempt to resuscitate the little girl themselves. 

Daily Mail Australia has been told it took the nurse a further 10-15 minutes before she arrived, by which time the baby was likely already dead. 

But mothers inside the jail were stunned when the nurse refused to even touch the child, telling them she was not allowed to because the baby was 'not an inmate'. 

Prisoners were placed into lockdown for four days after the tragedy while police and prison authorities tried to piece together what had happened.   

It is understood the mother of the child was a young Vietnamese woman, with very little local support. 

Women live together in large groups inside the women's prison. Mums inside its dedicated unit live in fear their babies may not make it out of jail alive

Women live together in large groups inside the women's prison. Mums inside its dedicated unit live in fear their babies may not make it out of jail alive

Inside a standard prison cell within the Dame Phyliss Frost Centre. A coroner is expected to investigate how a baby died within its concrete walls

Inside a standard prison cell within the Dame Phyliss Frost Centre. A coroner is expected to investigate how a baby died within its concrete walls

Dame Phyliss Frost Centre now contains a room that no other inmate dares sleep inside of. It is the room where a newborn baby was left to die

Dame Phyliss Frost Centre now contains a room that no other inmate dares sleep inside of. It is the room where a newborn baby was left to die 

'It would have been a scary moment,' a prison insider told Daily Mail

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